Day School: Tiananmen square

Ref: C2227006

The Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 is one of the turning points in 20th century history. But it was not an isolated or entirely unexpected event. This day school delves into the history behind the Massacre, from the last years of Chairman Mao's rule to the beginnings of China opening up to the West under Deng Xiao-ping. It examines the events of the Massacre in detail and shows how modern China was changed forever, concluding by examining modern Chinese society under the rule of Xie Jinping.

Course aim

This course examines why and how the Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred in 1989, and its consequences in modern China

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the factors that led to the creation of the student democracy movement in China
  • Comprehend how different political actors influenced the events leading to the Massacre
  • Examine the legacy of Mao Zedong over modern China
  • Describe the events of the Massacre, how they occurred and why
  • Quantify the long term effects of the Massacre on modern China

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Tiananmen square

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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